Volunteers aren't looking for NFL quarterbacks Peyton Manning or Tom Brady to aid in the cause. Instead they are turning to the community in efforts to restock their shelves.
"A lot of people will be getting ready for the Super Bowl in a few weeks and planning to have people over," said Tim Alvis, Director of the Bread of Life. "As they get together, we want them to remember those less fortunate."
Alvis would like the community to remember by purchasing an extra can of soup or chili and donate it to the Bread of Life.
"We are low and somewhat depleted after the holidays," said the director. "I know times are tough for a lot of people, but I believe most can afford one extra can of food a week and if they can't they need to come see us on Thursday."
The only thing the ministry can't take is home-canned items.
The director is asking those who would like to donate during the drive to drop off non-perishable food items at Tate Baptist Church. Items can be dropped off Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Although the drive goes through the first weekend in Feb., donations are welcome at other times.
"We appreciate donations any time, but this is something we are doing since it's time for the Super Bowl," said Alvis. "We just need to restock our shelves."
Bread of Life delivers the word of God along with food each Thursday at Tate Baptist. The service begins at 10 a.m. with the sign-in deadline being 10:30 a.m.
Food is distributed in three different categories. There is an amount for a family of 1-2, 3-4 and 5-plus, according to Alvis.
"This isn't a Baptist thing or for people who go to church," said Alvis. "It's a ministry for anyone and there is no requirement for them to come here."
Last year, Bread of Life had 846 families visit while providing food for 2,853.
"The past year was the biggest one I can remember," said the director.
Over the past five years, the ministry has had 3,185 visits from families and 12,445 individuals fed both physically and spiritually.
"The best part for me is the 269 professions of faith during that time," said Alvis.
An even bigger year is expected in 2013 by Alvis, meaning more donations will be needed.
"We can wish people well all the time and tell them we are praying for them, but if we don't help what good have we done?," said Alvis.
For more information about helping the Bread of Life Ministry call Tim Alvis at 731-645-2806.